Genealogical Records for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens FAQ
Where can I find sacramental records?
The sacramental records of the Diocese of Brooklyn have not been centralized. This means that
you must contact the appropriate parish to obtain a sacramental record, supplying them with the
name and date you want them to check. To contact the appropriate parish you will need to
determine their address during the time period you are interested in.
What records do parishes have?
Canon law requires every parish to permanently keep records of baptism, confirmation and
marriage. Many parishes retain records of first communion, but not all, since it is not required by
canon law. While some parishes kept records of sick calls and funerals, this was not always the
Silk Scarf Painting
On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.
Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!
On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.